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Moving Beyond the Audiogram Towards a Patient-Centered, Interactive First Fit

AudiologyOnline

It has long been known that pure tone audiogram (PTA) measurements cannot fully account for the variation in speech intelligibility scores measured from hearing impaired listeners. With regard to hearing aid fittings, it is clear that there is no simple solution that would allow us to perform a consistently perfect customized fitting by even adding one additional variable to audiogram data. A transition from the “average” patient fitting towards a more individual fitting requires several stages. In this paper, these stages are described and explained, based on data obtained from several clinical studies.

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Maja Serman, PhD

Maja Serman is a scientific audiologist at Sivantos GmbH. Her tasks include the development and optimisation of hearing aids related algorithms as well as clinical trials design. She has a diploma in engineering and a PhD in computational modelling of auditory processes. Ms. Serman was a guest researcher at the University of Bordeaux where she was involved in research on binaural hearing and auditory memory.

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Rosa-Linde Fischer, Ph.D.

Rosa-Linde Fischer is a scientific audiologist at Sivantos GmbH. She specializes in research and optimization of hearing aid algorithms and gain prescriptions. She received her Ph.D. in Psychoacoustics from the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. Prior to joining Sivantos in 2011, Dr. Fischer worked as a clinical audiologist.

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Rebecca Herbig, AuD

Rebecca Herbig, Au.D., is Manager & Editor of Scientific Marketing for Signia at Sivantos Inc. in USA. She spent five years with Sivantos (then Siemens Audiology Solutions) in Germany and prior to that worked as a clinical audiologist in northern Virginia. Rebecca earned her B.S. in Audiology from the University of Texas in Dallas and an Au.D. from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

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Ronny Hannemann, PhD

Ronny Hannemann, PhD, is a scientific audiologist at Sivantos GmbH since 2009. He specializes in research and optimization of hearing aid algorithms and gain prescriptions. He received his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Konstanz, Germany.